Image of Asia: Celebrating the Eid in multicultural India
In this photo by Aijaz Rahi, a trader pushes his goat past an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha before selling the animal ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Bangalore, India. Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith. During the Eid, Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor. The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi lasts 11 days and is celebrated with statues of the god being immersed in water. Hinduism is the predominant religion in India with Muslims making up about 13 percent of the population of 1.3 billion.